Careers and Entrepreneurship

International Relations

Find out what you can do with an International Relations degree and what previous graduates have done

Explore your options

Use your degree to get you started. Look at career areas that might fit with what you are studying. Find out about the job roles available, the entry routes and how to gain experience:

Environment - International Development - Politics - Social and Welfare Services - Charity & Voluntary Sector - Civil Service

Most graduate opportunities are open to graduates from any degree discipline. If you want to look at other career areas, try looking at our sector guides for information and inspiration.

What do Sussex International Relations graduates do?

Find out what previous Sussex International Relations graduates went on to do.

15 months after graduating in 2019, 86% of respondents from International Relations were in work or further study. 74% of those in work were in graduate jobs.

Here are some examples of job roles, employers and further study that International Relations graduates have gone on to do over the last few years:

Employers: Southern Domestic Abuse Service - HM Revenues and Customs - British American Tobacco - Euromoney Conferences - Auditory Verbal UK

Job roles: Outreach for Domestic Abuse Victims - Tax Professional Graduate Scheme - Regulator Engagement and Legal Executive - Programme Manager - Fundraising and Communications Campaign Officer

Further study: MA Conflict, Security and Development (Sussex) - MA Global Political Economy (Sussex) - MA Governance and Development (Sussex) - MA Climate Change, Development and Policy (Sussex) - MA Gender, Violence and Conflict (Sussex) - MA Gender and Development (Sussex) - MA Geopolitics and Grand Strategy (Sussex) - MSc Science and Technology Policy (Sussex) - MA International Politics (SOAS)

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Build your experience

Building experience while you are at Sussex will be invaluable when you come to apply for graduate jobs. It can also help you to figure out what you like doing and what sort of things you are good at. Part-time work, insight days, summer internships and placements are a great way to start. You could also try volunteering or joining a student society.

When writing your CV and covering letter for work experience, don't forget about the transferable skills you are developing on your course. Just a few skills you will get from International Relations include flexibility, presentation skills, independent learning, organisation and time management, written communication and interpersonal skills.

Find out more about identifying and writing about your skills.

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